Heads up! Solutions to common electrical problems on E36
I've been hanging around Bimmerforums lately and I just solved a huge electrical problem I've been having. Whenever I open my trunk lid while my car was still running I blew a 10amp fuse. All the dash and window switch lights on the driver side would turn off, the right side parking light and rear brake light would also go off. After reading the thread on Bimmerforums, it would seem this is a VERY common problem on older E36's (even as late as 1998 models).
It seems after opening and closing the trunk constantly the wires that lead to the trunk lid rub together and eventually the coating wears off exposing the wires and shorting out the dash lights.
I cut open the wiring casing tonight and what a nightmare. Several people had this exact same problem. If you've been experiencing unexplained electrical problems you should check this out. Also, it wouldn't hurt to rewrap them in electrical tape for preventative maintenance.
Anyways, take a look....
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Last edited by Autotechnica; 12-30-2003 at 12:13 AM.